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Holiday Presents for Children in Syrian Refugee Camps

Organized by: Shivani Singh

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The Final Update
December 23, 2016

Its the last day to donate today. About 100 people have participated, at least 3 of which are children. Many have championed our cause passionately, See More

EVENT DATE Dec 23, 2016

THE STORY:

Like you, I've been helplessly watching images of Syrian children in desperate conditions for years now. It seems like no number of terrified, shocked or hurt little ones is enough to make it stop. These are innocent babies, toddlers, small children, girls and boys we continue to fail... It's heartbreaking.

So this holiday season, while we tuck our own children into warm, cozy beds, and buy list-fulls of toys for them, I'd like to visit children in the refugee camps along the Western Syrian border. The ones closest to the struggle are those who are most neglected, and I'd like to bring them holiday presents.

Presents for these kids are necessities like shoes, socks, clothes, blankets and other winter basics. But along with these necessities, I'd also like to bring them gift-wrapped treats so they can enjoy something all children do! And I'd like to add handmade cards as well!

PLEASE join me in spreading a little cheer to children who have had no cheer in a long time. Let's remind these children that even when it seems that way, the world has not forgotten them.

 

Here are some details and logistics for you:

Who Am I?

My name is Shivani and I am one of the co-founders of PATHFINDER. This is a pro-bono, humanitarian relief effort by us at PATHFINDER. You can find out more about me here and here

What is PATHFINDER?

PATHFINDER is a social enterprise with a mission to impact global development through innovative solutions to enable local social entrepreneurs, promote academia, and influence policy. 

Why is this mission so important?

  • Since the beginning of the crisis over 300, 000 Syrians have lost their lives.
  • More than 6.5 million people have been displaced inside the country and some 4.8 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.
  • About 70% of the population is without access to drinking water, one in three people are unable to meet their basic food needs. Four out of five people live in poverty.
  • Over 500,000 children live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off from sustained humanitarian aid and basic services.
  • More than 2 million children are out of school.

How much will we donate?

All of it! Every dollar we raise here will be applied to the project. There is no minimum and no maximum. The more money we raise, the more children we get to.

How will the funds be applied?

While I would love to take winter gear from Canada (naturally), I'm reminded that customs officials often pose problems. It would be a terrible shame to lose our efforts to difficult beueaucrats. So the plan is to buy candy and chocolate to make little wrapped gifts, with cards, in Canada, and to buy the necessary supplies in Beirut, Lebanon. We'll then drive everything over to the camps at the border.

Any assurances?

This project will be entirely legal, transparent and documented.

What else will the project accomplish?

While I'm on this mission, we will work with Anand Balsavar, an filmmaker with an illustrious career, to create a documentary short. We'll be happy include you or keep you posted on developments if you let us know of your interest here.

Thank you!

Although we can never truly express our gratitude for your support, we will include your names in the documentary credits as a special way of saying thanks. Also, for all donations of $1000 and more, you will have the opportunity to be interviewed for the documentary.

References:

The Council of Europe, 2016, The Parliamentary Assembly: http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-EN.asp?fileid=23217=en

UNHCR, 2016, Refworld: http://www.refworld.org/country,,,,SYR,,583c47fd40d,0.html

$7,201

 

90% Raised of $8,000 Goal

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  • Shalini

    $100

  • The Fahim Family

    $100

  • Frankie Picasso

    $100

  • Deidre Richardson

    $50

  • Aryaveer Thapa

    $50

  • K Thomassin

     

  • Jenn De Guise

     

  • simondon helene

    $20

  • Micheline & Angelo Hadjis

    $100

  • Sushil Birla

    $50

  • A3S Jains

     

  • Abhinav Dhandia

    $50

  • Neha Sharma

    $100

  • Aditi Diwan

    $200

  • Nadine McMillan

    $25

  • Nathan Rizzo

    $100

  • Janet S Moraes

    $25

  • Syed Gilani

    $50

  • Swati Singh

    $100

  • Catherine Constantinides

    $25

  • Paul & Shan

    $25

  • Descoubes Nathalie

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Parveet Singh

    $100

  • Margot Nigro

    $50

  • Atreya Gandhi

    $20

  • Shweta Gadhia

    $200

  • Rohini Singh

    $100

  • Julie Blackwell

    $25

  • Abhimanyu

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Kohli family

    $100

  • Ankur Desai

    $100

  • Mona Panjwani

     

  • Alana Cho

    $25

  • Sonia Sudan

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Kate Scully

    $50

  • Erin McLeod

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Howard family

    $30

  • Stephen Best

    $175

  • Tihomira Todorova

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Rosanna Tomiuk

    $25

  • Jessica Phillips

    $25

  • VDPs

    $100

  • Suhlle Ahn

    $50

  • Amanda & Raj

    $250

  • Brooke Jones

    $100

  • Arya Marda

    $100

  • Erin

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • sayali phatak

     

  • Ashwin Dandekar

    $250

  • Gauri Kirloskar

    $100

  • Farah Petiwalla

    $25

  • Aditi Kirloskar

    $100

  • Patients of Family Focused Rehab & Wellness

     

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Krystal Guevara

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Joey and Yasmin Khan

    $200

  • Allora Stone

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Sarah Ciel

     

  • Johnny M Canales

    $46

  • Sai Sahitya

    $100

  • Nitasha & Rajesh

    $25

  • Mubasshir Mushtaq

    $25

  • Lucy A.

     

  • Ally

    $100

  • Harpreet Grewal

    $50

  • Julia Jewels

    $50

  • MrBailey & Family

    $50

  • Chandra family

    $400

  • Muireann Kelly

    $25

  • Justin Holsworth

    $25

  • Jennie Constantinides

    $40

  • Dave Oliver & Michael Neszt

    $50

  • Neha & Rajeev Mirchandani

    $100

  • Jess, Eric & Nicolas

    $125

  • Tara Tibrewal

    $50

  • Khanittha Sharma

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Charu Gupta

    $100

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Shivani Singh

Amount Raised

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90% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Charu Gupta

Charu Gupta

DONATION: $100

8 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

â 8 months ago

Khanittha Sharma

Khanittha Sharma

DONATION: $25

8 months ago

Tara Tibrewal

Tara Tibrewal

DONATION: $50

8 months ago

Jess, Eric & Nicolas

Jess, Eric & Nicolas

DONATION: $125

We believe so strongly in the need to act and to support these children who have so little. We'll be with you every step of the way Shivani! xx 8 months ago

Neha & Rajeev Mirchandani

Neha & Rajeev Mirchandani

DONATION: $100

Great initiative Shivani!!! 8 months ago

Dave Oliver & Michael Neszt

Dave Oliver & Michael Neszt

DONATION: $50

For a great cause! 8 months ago

Jennie Constantinides

Jennie Constantinides

DONATION: $40

Go! Go! 8 months ago

Justin Holsworth

Justin Holsworth

DONATION: $25

8 months ago

Muireann Kelly

Muireann Kelly

DONATION: $25

Thank you for organising a fantastic way to show the true meaning of Christmas. Hope you reach your goal! x 8 months ago

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